Hotels in Tuscany
From pocket-sized village B&Bs to centuries-old villas nestled on sweeping, Cyprus-lined estates, hotels in Tuscany offer their guests rustic, relaxing environs with all the hallmarks of the region—picturesque views, hearty Italian cuisine and wine cellars that are second to none.
Take a stroll through the grounds Castiglion del Bosco, located outside Siena, and find 12th-century stone structures and Etruscan ruins dating back to 600 B.C.. And, like all the best hotels in Tuscany, the estate features its own cooking school, an organic garden and wine bottled on site.
Guests in search of a taste of village life can choose from Tuscany hotels like the hilltop Monteverdi. Reserve one of just one of its seven farmhouse-chic suites, set in a quaint 25-person hamlet in the Val d’Orcia.
For an extra layer of zen, many hotels in Tuscany feature full-service spas.
The Petriolo Spa Resort, also located outside Siena, carries on a local Roman tradition with its health-centered programming, rotating around the area’s thermal mineral waters. Along with massages, acupuncture and skin treatments, guests can receive consultations from a number of therapists, dieticians and doctors on staff. Il Falconiere, near Arezzo, also boasts its own 2,500-square-foot spa, along with world-class dining and cooking classes and planned visits to nearby towns and markets.
Visitors looking for a more urban experience can also find first-class accommodations in Florence, the region’s capital city.
Close to the wine-producing village of Montepulciano, this 18th-century house is fresh from an eight-year restoration of its antiques-filled rooms. Outside, there’s a 1930’s swimming pool with Neoclassical fountains.
In the hills south of Montalcino, the 14 rooms and suites at Castello Banfi Il Borgo are Nussbaum's new standard for understated, authentic Tuscan luxury. The hotel was decorated by Italian designer Federico Forquet and overlooks the vineyards of Brunello.
An intimate 19-room hotel with a private art collection.
This property was once owned by Castruccio Castracani (the Luccan general said to have been the model for Machiavelli's ideal prince).
A cypress-lined road leads to the rolling 4,200-acre Tuscan estate with a castle that dates back to the 10th century. Now owned by Timber Resorts, it was formerly the home of film director Luchino Visconti and an entertainment center for countless Hollywood luminaries.
Antiques and hand-painted murals accent the 7 unique rooms at this retreat, originally built in the early 13th century. The produce from its extensive gardens goes straight into the on-site restaurant-evidence of Tuscany's farm-to-table trend.
With more than 500 listings, the Milan-based agency has a formidable presence in Greece, Italy, and Switzerland. Most villas have live-in managers to supervise staff and services. Dream & Charme doubles as a tour operator, so booking flights and rental cars is a seamless process.
Down a narrow, winding road on the promontory’s southeastern tip stands the cliffside Il Pellicano Hotel, a sheltered hideaway that attracts a high-flying clientele (yes, that’s Bono by the pool).